The singular architectural image reigns supreme on RSS-feeds and in micro-media, but architects continue to enshrine the architectural publication as core to their design practice. In the last few years alone, Melbourne architectural giants, such as Ashton Raggatt McDougall, Edmond and Corrigan, and Lyons Architecture have produced hefty tomes of their work while the design manifesto has re-appeared as a popular platform for emerging practices. What is the content of architectural publications, and how does this contribute to the practice of architecture?
Andrew Mackenzie is a Director of URO Publications and of the architectural consultancy City Lab. URO is an independent publisher of architecture and design, which in recent years has published the work of renowned contemporary and historical architectural figures, from Ashton Raggatt McDougall, Col Madigan, Paul Morgan Architects and Robin Dods. Mackenzie is also an architecture correspondent for the Australian Financial Review and the Saturday Newspaper, a contributing editor to Architecture Australia, as well as Australasian correspondent for the Architectural Review, London. He is Co-Creative Director of the 2015 National Architecture Conference entitled RISK. Prior to URO, Mackenzie was editor of Architecture Review Australia.
Cristina Goberna is co-founder with Urtzi Grau of Fake Industries Architecture Agonism (FKAA) an architecture practice of variable boundaries and questionable taste based between New York City, Barcelona and Sydney. FKAA bridges the professional world and the environments of architectural academia to reclaim the architect’s role as a public intellectual. FKAA was awarded the 2009 Young Architects Forum Prize of the Architectural League of New York and winner of the Europan competition in 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2012. In 2014, FKAA won the AIA New York New Practices 2014 prize and was shortlisted for the MoMA PS1 YAP, for the Art-Basel-Miami Design pavilion and the new Guggenheim Helsinki Museum competition. Publication-making is essential for FKAA, producing one or more publications for each project, often in close collaboration with artists, photographers, creative directors and graphic designers; they also have a new monograph Architectural Replicas recently released by the Graham Foundation. Cristina is a PhD Candidate in Barcelona School of Architecture, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and a Senior Lecturer in UTS Architecture in Sydney.
Timothy Moore is a director of architecture office SIBLING that produce spatial outcomes that can be anything from an event, strategy, book or building. He has worked as an editor of Volume and Architecture Australia magazines, as well as They Shoot Homos Don’t They? a publication made with Shannon Michael Cane of Printed Matter (among others) in the early 2000s. In 2013 Timothy Moore was co-curator of Public Offer, an exhibition that surveyed design publications in Melbourne since the 1950s as part of RMIT Design Hub’s inaugural show with Archizines. In 2014 SIBLING designed the Reading Room at NGV as part of Melbourne Now, and exhibited their design manifesto at the Istanbul Design Biennale. This autumn Timothy is co-creating the Creative Convention, a series of community conversations for the City of Melbourne as a core commitment of its Arts Strategy. He is also a PhD candidate in architecture at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.